In a spirit similar to San Francisco’s masterful tintype photographer Michael Shindler and his wonderful Photobooth, the Impossible Project is giving analog portraiture new zeal through an old-school format. After realizing that not many people have the equipment on hand to shoot with 8×10 film—which they recently released after purchasing the remaining machines from Kodak—the Impossible Project team in NYC decided to set up a natural light studio in their SoHo store and showroom, and offer people the chance to sit for a one-off, large format portrait.
While there has been a fair amount of debate over the quality of Impossible Project’s color film for classic Polaroid 600 cameras, even purists will enjoy the results from the PQ 8×10 Silver Shade film. The high resolution and sharp details it captures are offset by the soft edges and romantic aesthetic of instant film, and the irregularities that occur from an ungoverned printing process add to the picture’s unique charm.
The Impossible Project Space NYC holds sittings twice a month or by appointment, and anyone looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day present should take advantage of this weekend’s sessions. To make a reservation, email rsvp [at] theimpossibleproject [dot] com. Each portrait is $40.
Images by Karen Day